Welcome to Glasgow

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is a modern metropolis packed with cultural attractions and with a rich architectural history. This, combined with excellent universities and a huge range of social and leisure activities, make Glasgow student life a vibrant and dynamic experience. Glasgow not only offers inspiring entertainment options and some of Scotland’s best restaurants and bars, the city is also home to a wide range of world class sporting facilities, many of which are due to the heritage of the XX Commonwealth Games held there in 2014.

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Glasgow is not only Scotland's largest city, it is also one of Britain's liveliest. The huge variety of entertainment and activities on offer combined with a rich cultural and architectural history, have played a large part in making Glasgow a thriving student city.

From sophisticated architecture to beautiful riverside scenery, Glasgow is a city brimming with intriguing sites. This truly modern metropolis offers a huge range of cultural activities, from art galleries to museums, while those who are serious about food will love the bustle of the bistros, cafés and restaurants with which the city is packed.

For night owls, Glasgow offers everything from glamorous cocktail bars to legendary club nights at Sub Club, while music lovers will adore the live bands featured at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut.

The Barras flea market on Gallowgate draws a crowd at weekends, while Glasgow Cathedral stands in timeless splendour watching over the lives of those scurrying to and fro in the city.

The town centre is home to the Glasgow Style Mile, which hosts everything from independent boutiques to designer stores stocking the latest fashions from around the globe. The area has a wonderfully unique feel, with many one-off stores making shopping there a true pleasure.

Glasgow's Armadillo Concert Hall

Glasgow's Armadillo Concert Hall

Glasgow is a friendly and welcoming city and student-life at the three main universities is vibrant and dynamic. The student-friendly city attracts people from around the world thanks to its excellent academic offering and the cosmopolitan life available to those who choose to study here.


Glasgow is home to three excellent universities: the University of Glasgow, the University of Strathclyde and  Glasgow Caledonian University.

Getting around

Glasgow is well connected to the rest of the world, with an international airport serving over 100 destinations, including Europe, the US, the Middle East, the Far East and Australia.

The city itself is a delight to explore by bicycle and also has an excellent public transportation system, including buses, trams and overground and underground trains.

Well-priced ticket options are available, including hop on/hop off daily fares that extend to the Greater Glasgow area as well as the main city centre. A night network of buses is available for those who like to squeeze the last drop out of every day and taxis are also plentiful.


The Style Mile is unquestionably the place to shop in Glasgow. This huge area in the centre of the city is home to more than 200 stores, prompting Lonely Planet to comment: “Boasting the UK's largest retail phalanx outside London, Glasgow is a shopaholic's paradise. The 'Style Mile' around Buchanan St, Argyle St and Merchant City is a fashion hub, while the West End has quirkier, more bohemian shopping options.”


Glasgow truly has something to suit every taste when it comes to nightlife. Whether you prefer to sip cocktails to the background hum of light music and sophisticated conversation, enjoy riotous, avant-garde cabaret or simply enjoy a selection of fine ales in a traditional pub, Glasgow is the perfect place. Cinemas, clubs, comedy venues, casinos and theatres complete the city’s impressive offering.

Restaurants and eating out

Glasgow’s restaurant scene is famous for offering everything from fine dining to popular foodie hotspots that won’t break the bank. Hip cafés serve coffee and cake to students looking for a quick bite while they catch up on their reading, while restaurants serving cuisines from around the globe ensure that meal times in Glasgow need never be dull.


As well as being the home of Rangers FC, Glasgow had the honour of hosting the XX Commonwealth Games in 2014, which saw the city awash with sports, from badminton to boxing. The games left a fantastic legacy that has ensured Glasgow’s place in Scotland’s sporting history.

View of the city recently voted 'Friendliest city in the world'

View of the city recently voted 'Friendliest city in the world'

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